Lessons learned and moving forward…
Throughout this seminar there were a few observations that occurred to me time after time. I was impressed by the many ways colleagues embraced specific 2.0 technologies and integrated them into their assignments and in the classroom. The level of creativity and willingness to try new modalities was inspiring here. And although there were challenges-scheduling labs, helping students set-up blogs and the like the results seemed well worth the effort.
Students who embraced the technology really seemed to take their learning to another level. It seems that having students from two classes working together was a very effective strategy. Students working together in that way seemed to generate a synergy that might not have happened otherwise here. (I also believe that using technology in this way is important to students’ professional development preparing them for tasks they will perform in the workplace.)
Another observation is the amount of time and energy it takes to build these technologies into the classroom. The learning curve, at least for me, was much steeper than I expected. I spent the year exploring ways to use Blogger and NING to share career planning and labor market information to help students and advisors make sound decisions. I explored many blogs to find examples to use as a guide. I end this seminar still uncertain of how to achieve my vision. I will preserve until I figure it out.
Based on these observations I learned that it would be helpful to start with an identified group that has something in common. My goal was to engage the college community-faculty, staff and students- that was very unrealistic to say the least. As the College implements plans to realign Student Affairs and Academic Affairs I will be moving from ACE to Student Affairs and heading a Career Development Center for credit students. Web 2.0 technology will play an important role in the development of services and this seminar has helped me see some of the possibilities.
Bloom’s Taxonomy was new to me and developing an understanding of it was helpful. It helped me to organize the materials for a hands-on resume writing workshop that will be used in ACE vocational training programs. It seems to be effective because participants are learning new information (currently accepted resume practices) and applying it to their personal and work experience. This workshop is being piloted now and will be evaluated over the summer.
I have incorporated Diigo and Evernote into my personal life and that’s helping me achieve my goal of a paperless household.
The most challenging aspect of the seminar was that I found myself overwhelmed by the wide variety of 2.0 technologies that we discussed. I felt like I need to incorporate everything into my project and that was paralyzing- (and faulty thinking on my part). A focus on a few options and going into greater depth would have been helpful to me.
My suggestion to future 2.0ers is to go into the seminar with another faculty member as partner. I think it might be helpful to have smaller communities within the larger one that focused on a similar assignment or a particular technology.
I am keeping my eye on how the strategy of “flipping the classroom” develops over the next couple of years here. I like the idea of learning material in advance and then working with an instructor to follow-up on areas that are unclear. I am also interested in watching how sites such as iTunes University and the Khan Academy develop. I see these sites as a supplement to classroom learning rather than as a replacement for classroom learning. I’ve used both and have found them to be useful when pursuing a subject of interest. Crowd sourcing has some potential in the classroom too. So many good things on the horizon here!